denarius

denarius

[dih-nair-ee-uhs]
noun, plural denarii [dih-nair-ee-ahy] .
1.
a silver coin and monetary unit of ancient Rome, first issued in the latter part of the 3rd century b.c., that fluctuated in value and sometimes appeared as a bronze coin.
2.
a gold coin of ancient Rome equal to 25 silver denarii; aureus.

Origin:
< Latin dēnārius, orig. adj.: containing ten (asses). See denary

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denarius (dɪˈnɛərɪəs)
 
n , pl -narii
1.  a silver coin of ancient Rome, often called a penny in translation
2.  a gold coin worth 25 silver denarii
 
[C16: from Latin: coin originally equal to ten asses, from dēnārius (adj) containing ten, from dēnī ten each, from decem ten]

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